Ch-ch-ch-Changes!

Wow!  I haven’t written in quite some time.  So much has happened in December and now we are in  a new year!  Bryan, my DH, got a job in Spokane doing computer work he has been doing with his own business for the last 3 years.  He’s so excited to have the opportunity to grow in skills that will ultimately, help his business grow.  The goal is for us to continue renting here until the end of the school year so Joshua, and his siblings, can finish out their programs.  Then, in June, we are hoping to move to Northern Idaho, where they will be able to provide more for Joshua’s care.  Yes, we know about the income tax there, but with a slower pace of life, and the opportunity to live in a less populated area, it’s going to be worth it in the long term.  Bryan will have about a 30 mile commute into Spokane and we will enjoy getting to learn about all the services that are offered in the area for Joshua to continue to benefit from.  I am still hoping to home school and we already have connections in the area so our transition, hopefully, will be a smooth one.

December was an interesting month for Joshua as he caught a cold and ended up, essentially, missing the last week of school before the Christmas break.  He had a sinus cold, with a cough, that he shared and I did all I could to get him healthy for almost 2 weeks before finally breaking down to get him checked by his doctor.  She diagnosed him with a double ear infection, which explained his lackadaisical behavior when doing his iLs program.  He never complained and rarely rubbed his ears, so it was hard to tell, aside from the slight fever he developed.  We went ahead and got him on an antibiotic and he started, almost immediately, feeling better.  We traveled to both sides of the family on Christmas Day and got home before 9 PM and Joshua did pretty well over all.  The exception was at his maternal grandma’s house, where there are ceiling fans that scare him for some reason.  The poor kid spent most of the time in the kitchen, where he got some attention from folks cooking and coming in and out.  I felt sorry for him, as most of the family was in the living room and he kicked and screamed when I tried to bring him in by the tree so as to open presents.  Not sure how to help him with this fear.   I think it may also relate to some anxiousness with being around family that he doesn’t see as often.  I’m trying to think of some solutions to help him feel included in larger family gatherings.   His sensory processing disorder  leads to him isolating himself as it’s too much, especially, visually with the fan. Perhaps asking his cousins, aunts and uncles to take turns spending time with him so as to get to know him better and seeing what a delightful person he is.  It would also help Joshua with social skills and connecting, even when he’s feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Even folks who don’t have autism can feel overwhelmed at our family events.  The key, I think, for Joshua’s development, and furthering his recovery from autism, is encouraging some one on one time with relatives he doesn’t see to much of and having mom or dad, or sibling, facilitate to help him transition.  As Dr. Greenspan describes working with autistic kids, “We need to go into their world to bring them into ours.”  We have enough characters in his extended family to help him do so and all can see that he has a lot to contribute.

Joshua enjoying a Rice Flour sugar cookie on Christmas

 

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